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September 6, 2011

Program for Financial Studies Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

This month, Columbia Business School celebrates the extraordinary inaugural year of the Program for Financial Studies, a groundbreaking educational initiative developed by Laurie Hodrick, the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Business.


This month, Columbia Business School celebrates the extraordinary inaugural year of the Program for Financial Studies, a groundbreaking educational initiative developed by Laurie Hodrick, the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Business. The program is governed by a 16-member Executive Advisory Board and a seven-member Academic Advisory Board who ensure that the program delivers seminal research, the most relevant curriculum, and engaging events.

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Forging a crucial bridge between business theory and practice, the Program for Financial Studies supports a broad spectrum of initiatives, engaging the School’s renowned faculty members in cross-disciplinary discussions and activities with students, alumni, and external constituents. The program delivers vital support to faculty research and enriches the academic life of Columbia’s students.

“I am delighted to be celebrating the one-year anniversary of the program’s launch,” Hodrick said. “I treasure the palpable enthusiasm that has been shown for our initiatives.”

During its first year, the program launched outreach programs aimed at promoting interdisciplinary financial studies, as well as inspiring students to apply their learning to real-life business scenarios and career development. Such initiatives include Career Tracks, which helps students to reach their career goals through customized curriculum development.

As a flagship initiative of the Program for Financial Studies, the No Free Lunch Seminar Series encourages widespread discussion of faculty members’ research. Inviting Columbia professors to introduce their in-progress research to MBA and PhD students in lunchtime seminars, No Free Lunch Seminars inspire lively dialogue in an open and informal setting. These seminars, which are filmed and available online, cover a vast range of financial topics and have proven enormously popular with students, faculty members, and alumni.

As the Program for Financial Studies enters its second year, it will host its inaugural conference on November 4 in Columbia University’s Faculty House. Exploring the theme “Finance in a World of Uncertainties,” the conference will feature panel discussions on asset management and corporate finance, as well as a keynote address by Erskine Bowles ’69, cochair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

“The Program for Financial Studies supports a unique approach to integrating finance into business education,” Hodrick said. “I welcome everyone’s involvement in our offerings.”

Please visit the Program for Financial Studies website to learn more about the program.